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2023 CCSSO – NCSA Annual Conference

June 26-28, 2023
New Orleans, LA

We’re attending the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) National Conference on Student Assessment (NCSA) and look forward to seeing you there!

Please be sure to join us for this session:

Will Cognitive Labs Remain the Gold Standard for Cognitive Process Evidence on State Assessments?

Many states and peer reviewers view cognitive labs as the only acceptable evidence for Peer Review Critical Element 3.2, Validity Based on Cognitive Processes. However, they are expensive, interrupt instruction, and seldom are tied to a Theory of Learning (ToL). Item difficulty models (IDMs) are a tool to investigate theories regarding what makes items easier or more difficult and less or more cognitively complex. Such models can confirm or disconfirm how a state engineers its assessments to measure achievement constructs. This session will contrast cognitive lab and IDM results as evidence of cognitive processing. Researchers, a peer reviewer, and a USDOE representative will interrogate whether IDMs can provide evidence of the validity of a state’s claims about the relationship between test items and target achievement constructs and how item cognitive complexity relates to knowledge and skill progressions in RALDs.

  • Tuesday, June 27, 2023
  • 9:00 – 10:30 am
  • Strand 13B, Second Floor


  • Don Peasley, State Assessments, School Support and Accountability, US Department of Education
  • Steve Ferrara, Measurement Solutions Architect, Cognia
  • Christina Schneider, Sr. Director, Psychometrics, Cambium Assessment
  • Tracey Hembry, Ph.D., VP Business Development & Senior Psychometrician, Alpine Testing Solutions

To learn more about the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) National Conference on Student Assessment (NCSA), please click here.